1st April 1868
Edmond Rostand, French poet and playwright, was born. 150 years.
1st April 1873
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor, was born. 145 years.
2nd April 1928
Serge Gainsbourg, French singer-songwriter, actor, and director, was born. 90 years.
3rd April 1043
Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. 975 years.
3rd April 1863
Henry C Van de Velde, Flemish Art Nouveau painter and architect, was born. 155 years.
3rd April 1948
United States President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries. 70 years.
4th April 1818
The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20). 200 years.
4th April 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 50 years.
7th April 1938
Suzanne Valadon, French painter, died. 80 years.
8th April 1093
The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin. 925 years.
8th April 1918
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford, née Bloomer, First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, was born. 100 years.
8th April 1918
WWI: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City. 100 years.
8th April 1973
Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist and co-founder of the Cubism movement, died. 45 years
8th April 2013
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died. 5 years.
10th April 1938
Pearl Buck awarded a Nobel prize for literature. 80 years.
13th April 1743
Thomas Jefferson, American lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the United States, was born. 275 years.
14th April 1958
Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. This was the first spacecraft to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika. 60 years.
15th April 1843
Henry James, American-English author, was born. 175 years.
15th April 1938
Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-Italian actress, was born. 80 years.
15th April 1888
Matthew Arnold, English poet dies aged 55. 130 years.

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